Wharf Industrial Action Effecting Operations


Dear Valued Customers


Unfortunately we are seeing Industrial action from the stevedore union that will effect many ports over the coming week & especially impacting over the long weekend period.


Summary of actions below


Patrick Terminals:

The bans on overtime, shift extensions and work upgrades which is seeing vessel berthing delays rising to approx. 3.5 days in Sydney, and 2 days in Fremantle. 


Work stoppages at the Patrick Brisbane Terminal have been notified also from 15 June to 17 June. 

As experienced mid last year, berth delays have led to vessels making port rotation changes to avoid Sydney's congestion, throwing export receival plans into turmoil. 

The work bans have meant there is a constant shifting of the sands on import container availability, export receival suspensions, and some truck servicing delays across some time zones. 


VICT, Melbourne:

Notified Protected Industrial Action (PIA) by the MUA of 12 hour stoppages (night shift cancelled), commencing Friday, 11 June:

  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 11th June
  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 12th June
  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 13th June
  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 14th June
  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 15th June
  • 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 16th June

Regrettably, this will impact all container transport operators operating landside night shift operations into VICT for import pick-ups and export deliveries.

This is likely to result in significant delays & added costs to the end user (importers/exporters).

We will be monitoring the situation closely & keep you updated as the week progresses.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your BRI Customer Service Executive or our dedicated Transport Team.

As always thank you so much for your ongoing support


Keeping you updated,

BRi Transport Team

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